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Dafen Oil Painting Village

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Address: Buji Neighborhood Committee, Longang District, Shenzhen 518112, China
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12:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
Description: One of the most popular and enjoyable daytrips from Shenzhen, this village...
One of the most popular and enjoyable daytrips from Shenzhen, this village is almost entirely dedicated to painting. Get a self-portrait done or request a freshly-painted Van Gogh or Rembrandt.
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Enjoyable trip for art lovers

I read every review on tripadvisor before I came. Well I'm an art lover and I spent 3 happy days in the village. I bought art supplies (really cheap) and art drawing books that... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

I read every review on tripadvisor before I came. Well I'm an art lover and I spent 3 happy days in the village. I bought art supplies (really cheap) and art drawing books that you cant get elsewhere. And of course looked and looked at all the art works. Many art lovers pooh pooh the place, it is a copycat,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

You can't go to Shenzhen and not to stop by Dafen village, it would be a real pity. If you want to buy something you need to bargain, I personally had a lot of fun doing it. There's no need to go with a local friend, you can get a cheap price for the painting anyway if you are good... More 

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Springfield, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

I worked near Dafen painting village for several years and had occasion to visit it many times. There are hundreds of shops, an exhibition center, and thousands upon thousands of paintings and other artistic items. I have had several paintings made from photographs and had copies made of famous paintings--all with excellent results (to the eye of an average person).... More 

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Incheon, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Very high quality paintings done by people who obviously are gifted in the art of painting. Some of the works were originals while others seemed to be reproductions. I saw several paintings of Xi Jinping and I think the artist had painted him a little younger and a little better looking. LOL!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Nice for an afternoon looking around the sprawling alleyways full of artists, both creating original works and amazing replicas. Pick yourself up a very nice and cheap painting for around 50元, or bring a photograph and have one commissioned for around 300元+

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Macau, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

If you´r looking for a paintings this place is for you! You can find anything, from cheap imitations to real unique and original pieces of art! You can spend hours there. We went on Chinese new year holidays so most of the shops were close, but we love the place.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Visited on recommendation of a friend during a recent early morning. I enjoyed seeing the artist working during the early morning hours ( 10.00am) Restricted by the size of my suit case I bought a small print from one of the shops that were open early. Something that would help all of the shop owners who are just retail shops... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

You can spend the entire day sinking in the beauty and atmosphere of the place. Talented artists all around you will end u buying something or the other. Beware of counterfeits. Take time to observe the painters its quite a rewarding experience. Get down at Dafen Village MTR and walk towards Walmart. Its on the lane next to Walmart.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Lots of Chinese paintings in one place. Trickling of contemporary art when we visited, thought it may change in the future. Interesting experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

I could hardly believe the volume of art produced here. Some mass produced for business, others more personal, with a small developing area of more creative new artists appearing. Art supplies sold at very reasonable prices. Price range for those wishing for a souvenir to larger more expensive purchases. Some areas seemed to have lots of the same. Worth a... More 

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